August 15, 2004

How I Spent My Summer Vacation -or- M. Night Shyamalan, I Want My Money Back

My number one evening activity this summer has been going to or just watching movies at home. This summer, I saw Spiderman 2, Garden State, Collateral, King Arthur, Anchorman, Dodgeball, I Robot, the Bourne Supremecy, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, Scarface, Harry Potter 3, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Perfect Score, 50 First Dates, Eurotrip, Barbershop, Shrek 2, The Day After Tomorrow, Chasing Liberty, Saved, one movie that I will go into detail later on, and a bunch more that I'm sure I'm forgetting, not to mention a bunch of movies I saw for the second or more times, that werent new releases. I'm generally not picky when it comes to the cinema; I have a broad taste in movies, and I can usaully find some redeeming qualities in every movie. I know, when I go to see a movie, that it isn't necessarily going to be the next Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, Forest Gump, or Star Wars. Movies are made to entertain, and I know that, and remember that when I go to see a movie, but one movie pushed it too far.


Yeah, so Shyamalan makes this movie, it does totally awesome, and hollywood thinks he's Midas. Alas, they were wrong. Sixth Sense: Great movie; That Bruce Willis/Samuel Jackson movie: Good movie, but nobody saw it... hell, I dont even remember what its called; Signs: I liked it, many didn't. I think it depends on the viewing conditions, I saw it in the theatre with a packed, very responsive audience; The Village: Good movie.... except that whole plot thing.

The premise of the movie is, if you don't know, is a small village, surrounded by forest is completly cut off from the rest of the world by the threat of "Those-who-cannot-be-named" (Harry Potter anyone?). So they go about their amish-like existence, following the leadership of the "Elders." These elders make all the crucial decisions that need to be made in this isolated village, they were the original members of the village, that brought everyone there. In this movie, the creatures come out of the forest, breaking their truce with the villagers, and killing the livestock and dogs of the village, putting "the bad color" (red) on all their front doors.

About 15 minutes into the movie, I began to think, "what if this was all a big hoax, like the Truman Show (see good movie)?" The more I watched, the more puzzled I became as to the flow of the story. Where the hell is he taking this? Finally, my gest of an idea became true when the blind girl, sent to the outside to get medicines for her dying husband, scaled a ten foot wall, and hopped out to be stopped by a forest preserve guard. That's right, these people left civilization because of familial tragedies, running away from life's problems, instead of facing them and dealing. Then they wind up having to face the problems again.

Now some people will tell you, "You didn't like it because it's intelectual. You just didn't get it." Hell no, I got it. It isn't technology and other people that are the problem it is humanity itself that is flawed. I got it, you can't simply run away from murder, theivery and the like. Ok Shyamalan, cool concept, crappy way of carrying it out. The long and short of this bloggness is that Shyamalan needs to give me my money back, because for all i can remember its the only movie that I have ever said is bad.

For a totally opposite opinion of an entirely different movie, read my upcoming review of Garden State.... By far the most awesomest movie of the summer. I may come back and change this some, I may not. Thats all for now.

Posted by hollimer at August 15, 2004 8:20 PM | TrackBack

Aight, (stop reading now if you haven't seen the movie), I didn't hate the movie, I liked it, but I did find it to be the worst of his movies. I still liked it, I just loved the other ones. Some may say he's a one trick pony with every movie needing a suprise ending, but hey, it works. And his movies aren't just that anyway.

But, I do expect a suprise ending. I didn't really get it from this movie, as all of my first guesses turned out to be right.

First 5 minutes of the movie, they are quietly eating, and the village idiot breaks out laughing at the forest. I say "I bet he's gonna do some damage..."

Later, there's a skinned animal. They go into the school to discuss "Those-we-do-not-speak-of-except-when-calling-them-those-we-do-not-speak-of" Something about the teacher at that time made me say "I would bet a nickle that they are making it up to scare the kids."

But then we get to see "those-we-do-not-speak-of-unless-something-bad-happens", so I was confused. But I still wasn't to shocked to find out that it was just a suit.

About halfway through the movie, I started wondering if I missed a little thing that normally comes at the beginning of movies that take place in the past, and got confused as to what time period this was supposed to be. Then I heard someone say something about being raped in an alley, so I was like "Oh, I bet they left the modern world to be like the amish. That explains why they're whole town is surrounded by forest." I half expected "the towns" to be a major city. So the big suprise ending wasn't a suprise to me, and I didnt even realize it was supposed to shock me.

Posted by: Mallio at August 16, 2004 7:00 PM

*Don't read if you haven't seen The Village, just just for good measure*

I went into the movie with a "I'm gonna let this movie drive" instead of a "I'm gonna- WHATS THE TWIST WHATS THE TWIST WHATS THE TWIST WHATS THE TWIST WHATS THE TWIST WHATS THE TWIST!?" attitude. Maybe thats why this was one of my favorite movies of the summer. I thought the acting was AMAZING. The music was AMAZING. The cinematography- I loved it. And the plot- it worked perfectly for me. At times the script kinda sounded weird, but I accepted it because I was unfamiliar with the language of the time. This movie was one of the few that I loved so much I had to stay until the end of the credits to maintain the feeling of bliss for as long as possible.

If you want to see a truly bad movie, see Godsend.

Posted by: Dan Kordik at August 20, 2004 5:54 PM
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